Louis Walsh and Tulisa showed they were still friends despite him calling her a ‘chav’, as they cosied up at the launch of the new X Factor series.

The pair were joined by fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger and show host Dermot O’Leary as they posed in London ahead of the four-month talent search returning to screens on Saturday.

In an interview earlier this week, Louis referred to fellow judge Tulisa as ‘a chav in a tracksuit’.

But arriving at the Corinthia Hotel for the official launch of The X Factor, he clarified that his remarks were intended to be light-hearted.

“It was a joke, but she is a little bit, in a good way. We always have fun, it wasn’t meant in a bad way. We’re really good friends, but I like to tell it like it is,” he said.

Tulisa arrived at the event wearing a grey and yellow hooped bodycon minidress coupled with silver heels, while Nicole chose an elegant cap-sleeved, below-the-knee dress in white with matching stilettos.

Also attending were Sinitta, last year’s winners Little Mix and Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack.

Louis promised viewers they would like the line-up of finalists as he already knew who would be making it through.

“There’s all sorts of people this year. I know who the final 12 will be and there’s someone for everybody.”